10:09AM | 09/27/03
Member Since: 09/26/03
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My mother has a home that was built around 1890. The basement is concrete mortar or some sort.

All of the walls leak somewhat. You can see where the water seeps through.

The basement walls are also peeling and if you brush up against it with your hand, mortar dusts off onto the floor.

On one wall, there is structural damage. The wall is crumbling. It is a 4 ft by 4 ft area. The wall has completely come down, exposing red mud/earth. When Isabel hit, water was just pouring in through the rivulets in the mud.

We are wanting to make the basement sturdy and water tight.

What can be done?


03:04AM | 09/29/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
265 lifetime posts
Get yourself a professional contractor who has knowledge of and experience in the trade of replacing foundations. The fact that large sections of the foundation are deteriorating or crumbling as you've described indicates some serious structural support possibilities, and sections of the house may be unsafe. I say 'may be' unsafe, because I can't see it. But better to play it safe and have pro look at it. What you're describing is definitely not a homeowner fix. The down side is that you may be looking at some serious money to remedy the situation. Or, pehaps it's not as bad as you may think it is. Only a pro can tell you. The upside is that once fixed, it will last for a long time, and the water problem will be remedied also.



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